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Greg Berlanti, Ilene Chaiken to Be Honored by Alliance of Women Directors

The Alliance of Women Directors has tapped Greg Berlanti and Ilene Chaiken as honorees at its inaugural awards show on April 28, Variety has learned exclusively.

The event will be held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

Berlanti is overseeing the comic-book TV adaptations “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl.” Two of those world collided on Monday when The CW’s “The Flash” (starring Grant Gustin) crossed over to CBS’ “Supergirl” (starring Melissa Benoist).

Berlanti broke into the business a writer and executive producer on “Dawson’s Creek” before going on to create “Everwood” and “Jack & Bobby.” He created and produced the ABC legal drama “Eli Stone” and the USA family drama “Political Animals.”

He directed the 2010 film “Life as We Know It,” starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, and produced “Pan” for Warner Bros. under his Berlanti Productions banner. Berlanti also co-wrote and co-produced “Green Lantern,” starring Ryan Reynolds.

Chaiken is the co-creator, writer and executive producer of the series “The L Word.” She is the showrunner of the hit Fox show “Empire,” which she exec produces with Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. The drama, which served as a breakout role for Taraji P. Henson, comes from Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox.

Chaiken signed a multiyear overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television last May, under which she will stay at the helm of the Fox hit and be able to develop her own projects for the studio.

The Alliance of Women Directors has more than 250 members, including Lesli Linka Glatter, Mimi Leder, Betty Thomas and Bethany Rooney. The organization works to support and promote the work, visibility and professional development of female directors through a variety of programs including screenings, educational events and industry gatherings to assist in fostering professional connections throughout the industry.

Sanaa Hamri, who is also exec producer on “Empire,” will be presenting the rising star award at the award show.

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